For Immediate Release
Posted: June 18, 2024


Nickie Hunter, Bureau of Construction Administrator
(603) 271-2571
Richard Arcand, Public Information Officer
(603) 271-6495

Summer Travel Advisory

Work Zone crashes up 100% from 2023

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is alerting NH residents and visitors to pay extra attention during the next several months as they commute to work or travel to New Hampshire’s great beaches, lakes and mountains.  Construction season is in full swing and there have been 21 work zone crashes in New Hampshire so far in 2024, more than double the amount for the same period in 2023.  
It’s the busiest time of the year for road and bridge work.  NHDOT crews and many contractors are moving from town to town, project to project to complete needed work such as repairing damaged guardrails, milling and paving, mowing, line painting on roadways, bridge rehabilitations, and much more. On any given 24-hour period, NHDOT and its contractors have over 1,000 people working immediately adjacent to traffic. 
“I’m very concerned about our contractors and the NHDOT workers in the field.  Everyone needs to slow down and focus on driving,” commented Commissioner Cass. 
In a recent national survey of highway contractors, 64% reported work zone crashes in the past 12 months and 49% stated that highway work zones are more dangerous now compared to the prior year. 
Assistant Commissioner David Rodrigue asks all motorist to “Please remember those working on our roads are our loved ones, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, coaches, children and neighbors so please slow down, and pay attention so they can go home safe at the end of their workday.” 
The NHDOT maintains a full list of active work zones and encourages road users to visit and sign up for free travel alerts.